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The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 Kicks Off With Donn Handicap, San Antonio Stakes February 7

The Jockey Club and FOX Sports 1 today announced that The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will kick off its 2015 season with the $500,000 Donn Handicap from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., and the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Saturday, February 7, from 5:30 7:30 p.m. EST.

It is anticipated that the San Antonio field will include the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, and the 2013 Eclipse Award winning 2-year-old colt and Pacific Classic winner Shared Belief. All three of them are 2014 Eclipse Award finalists for leading 3-year-old male and they last met in a controversial Breeders’ Cup Classic October 31.

The Donn is expected to attract 2014 Donn winner Lea, 2014 Florida Derby winner Constitution, and Commissioner, who finished second to Tonalist in the 2014 Belmont Stakes.

The February 7 telecast will also feature the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap from Gulfstream Park and the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes from Santa Anita Park.

The Stronach Group, which owns and operates both tracks, will offer a Pick 4 wager on that day, covering all four races on the telecast.

The complete 2015 schedule of races, dates and air times for The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will be announced in the near future.

Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Andy Serling, Simon Bray and Alyssa Ali will once again handle the on-air duties for the series. Wolf will serve as the host while Bray and Serling will handle analyst/handicapper duties. Ali will serve as the team’s reporter and Migliore will be an analyst.

“We could not script a better beginning to our second season of The Jockey Club racing series than this showdown of champions,” said SVP, Programming, Research & Content Strategy, FOX Sports Michael Mulvihill. “We thank The Jockey Club and the Stronach Group for helping us bring this race to a national audience, and we especially applaud the connections of the top contenders for their willingness to bring their stars back this year and take each other on head-to-head.”

“The current Santa Anita meeting got off to a great start with nearly 41,000 fans on Opening Day and the expected field for the San Antonio Stakes should attract another good crowd in addition to fans around the country who will be able to enjoy it on FOX Sports 1,” said Tom Ludt, president of Santa Anita Park and SVP of Racing and Gaming for TSG. “There is always a terrific sense of anticipation and excitement when top caliber and well-known horses compete against each other and we’re eagerly awaiting the Donn-San Antonio telecast on FOX Sports 1.”

“The ever-increasing national television presence of Thoroughbred racing, which now includes several races leading up to the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup as well as the FOX series, certainly helps build awareness of our sport,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 series, along with our wide-ranging fan development efforts conducted under the America’s Best Racing brand, encourage consumer engagement, and we look forward to working with our track partners, our sponsors and the team at FOX Sports to once again bring some of our best racing events to new audiences.”

The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 is a joint production led by Brad Zager, vice president productions of FOX Sports, and Tim Turrell, the executive producer of The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1.

The partnership between FOX Sports 1 and The Jockey Club is a multi-year agreement that was announced in August 2013. The agreement also includes international and Spanish-language rights, including the ability to air races on FOX Deportes, the nation’s leading Spanish-language sports network.

In 2014, there were 10 telecasts that featured more than two dozen races and attracted more than 2.5 million viewers.

About The Jockey Club
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is a founding member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the architect and sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net as well as on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram.

About FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 1 is the fastest growing network in television, reaching over 90 million subscribers. Premiering in August 2013, the national sports network puts fans first with 24/7 coverage of the most compelling sports events in the world MLB, NASCAR, UFC, college football and basketball, world-class soccer, horse racing and more. Powered by record-breaking audiences generated by MLB postseason coverage this October, FOX Sports 1 has experienced significant viewership increases in prime time (79%) and in total day viewership (48%) in its second year. FOX Sports 1 is proud to be the home for The Ultimate Fighter in addition to covering LIVE main card fights; college football including Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA games; and Big East, Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA college basketball including the Big East men’s basketball tournament. FOX Sports 1 features consistent coverage from the world’s most prestigious soccer competitions like the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and CONCACAF Champions League, as well as coverage of FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019 and FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2018 and 2022. For more information, visit www.foxsports1.com.